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Back to Strength Training

Lots of stuff to talk about in this post and it’s random as usual. So for your reading convenience, I added titles in case you think it’s too boring to read all the way through and you want to choose a topic. Like a “choose your own mystery” but way less interesting because it’s my blog. And there’s no mystery.


It’s been 2 weeks since I’ve done any strength training after that whole taper thing. I also haven’t talked about it in awhile, so now I’m going to. Monday was my first night back and our personal trainer came up with this tasty little nugget:

Warm-up: 1/4 mile run

Group 1, 3 sets:

  • ¼ mile run
  • 50 decline push-ups
  • 100 bicycles (ab exercise)

Group 2, 3 sets:

  • ¼ mile run
  • 15 “L” pull-ups (your body is in an L position, so it also works the abs too)
  • 30 front lunges with two 10 lb weights (15 reps each leg)

I felt like I was going to die by the second set of Group 1. Usually this kind of workout is challenging but not in a please-let-me-dig-my-own-grave way. Once I got home, I was wiped out and ready for bed by 9:00pm. I’ve never been wiped out from a workout like that before. Taking 2 weeks off and returning to the same intensity of a workout is rough.

The decline push-ups were not a good idea for my shoulder, so by the second set I went to a much lower decline. They made both of my shoulders hurt. The pull-ups seemed to work out some of the hurt from the push-ups. Yesterday, I swear my shoulders felt about 40% better. They don’t hurt less…just less often. So maybe some good exercise is the answer to working out that pain? Or maybe my arms will just fall off faster.

Last night’s workout looked like this:

3 sets:

  • 30 (ish) side steps with a tension band around the knees
  • 15 lateral raises (15 lbs)
  • 15 bicep curls (12 lbs)
  • 15 sumo squats (30 lbs)
  • 15 shoulder presses (10 lbs)
  • 15 step ups (each leg) with an 18 inch step (30 lbs)
  • 15 push-ups
  • 15 mountain climbers
  • 15 sit-ups
  • 15 flutter kicks

That was a really challenging work out and I had to stop several times to catch my breath. Never thought I’d be doing shoulder presses with only 10 lbs but with all the other reps, it was hard.

I love strength training. I know there are certain girls who put together these type of workouts on their own, but if I didn’t have a personal trainer standing over me making me do it, it would never happen. It’s so much more interesting and motivating with someone there. I’m pretty sure I’d be rich if I could do this on my own. I like to imagine the stuff I would spend money on that goes to personal trainers. Like a collection of designer Hammer pants.


I haven’t been running much. It’s weird, but running a marathon seems like the end of some big life accomplishment. Like, that’s great. You ran a marathon. Now it’s time to move on with your life, do something new, and never run again. Right now I feel like never running again and I’d like to snap out of it. Well, I need to snap out of it. I have plenty of half marathons coming up that say so. So, I’m going to run with my group this weekend. We’re doing 8-10 miles and I think that will be a good distance to see how my shoulder is doing. My Crossfit trainer said it could be tendinitis. Anyone have experience with that?

My TV Addiction

1.  I didn’t take Once Upon a Time off the DVR after all.

I let 3 weeks of episodes pile up and then watched them all in one sitting. That show got much better after the first episode. (You were right, Amber!) And the ending to this week’s episode? Did not see that coming.

2.  I love Chuck. That is all.

3.  And finally, Showtime has found a new way to siphon money from me after this season of Dexter ends.

Kristen Bell? Really, Showtime? Thanks for finding my one soft spot and continually poking it with a stick until I gave in.


Yep. It came and went. Saturday was my one year blogiversary. In that time, I’ve written 408 posts and had 6,270 comments from all of you. Pretty amazing. So I have been writing drivel for quite awhile now and I just wanted to thank you all that take the time to read it. Especially those of you that have been around for most or all of that time. 🙂


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